A military jury convicted Army Maj. Nidal Hasan of 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder in a November 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas,
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FORT HOOD, Texas - The penalty phase of the trial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan in the Fort Hood shootings gets under way today, and it will be Hasan's last chance to say in court what he has spent the last four years telling the military, judges and journalists.
He told them that the killing of American soldiers preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan was necessary to protect Muslims.
The jury will be deciding between life in prison and execution for Hasan, who was convicted last week of killing 13 people in the attack.
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